Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist team up to fight crime in New York City.
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 Danny Rand / ... (8 episodes, 2017)
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 Colleen Wing (8 episodes, 2017)
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 Alexandra (8 episodes, 2017)
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 Elektra Natchios (8 episodes, 2017)
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 Claire Temple (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Sowande (4 episodes, 2017)
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 Foggy Nelson (4 episodes, 2017)
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 Madame Gao (4 episodes, 2017)
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 Misty Knight (4 episodes, 2017)
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 Trish Walker (4 episodes, 2017)
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"Marvel's The Defenders" follows Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. A quartet of singular heroes with one common goal - to save New York City. This is the story of four solitary figures, burdened with their own personal challenges, who realize they just might be stronger when teamed together.

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Despite being set to feature in this series, Jessica Jones has not appeared as a member of The Defenders in the comics. See more »

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Despite some flaws, it is an enjoyable ride for fans..
17 August 2017 | by (nowhere) – See all my reviews

Two of the most powerful forces in pop culture have teamed up in a union. Netflix and Marvel are inescapable. Each of the Marvel Netflix series have had their share of issues, but the biggest problem facing each of these shows has been pacing. All of the series, with the exception of Iron Fist, seem to get out of the gate running, establishing heroes and villains, with story threads and tension mounting. Then, likely because of their 13-episode structure, they sputter for lengthy stretches in the middle before ramping up again towards the conclusion. Since The Defenders is an eight- episode season, none of the pacing issues that have plagued Two of the most powerful forces in pop culture have teamed up in a union that some are calling unholy. Netflix and Marvel are inescapable on their own. Each of the Marvel Netflix series have had their share of issues, but the biggest problem facing each of these shows has been pacing. All of the series, with the exception of Iron Fist, seem to get out of the gate running, establishing heroes and villains, with story threads and tension mounting. Then, likely because of their 13-episode structure, they sputter for lengthy stretches in the middle before ramping up again towards the conclusion. Since The Defenders is an eight -episode season, none of the pacing issues that have plagued these shows appear. Going forward, I'd be quite happy if all these Marvel series on Netflix were to adopt an eight -episode season.

The series opens with a rather surprising decision, focusing its initial action of Danny Rand and Colleen Wing battling the forces of The Hand beneath the streets of an Asian city. On the other side of the world in New York City, Luke Cage is just getting out of jail following the events of his own series, and he's greeted by his legal counsel Foggy Nelson . Private investigator Jessica Jones is still struggling with the events from her own series, drinking excessively and not taking on any cases after her battle with Kilgrave. Down in Hell's Kitchen, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) has put away his Daredevil costume and has focused on the law, working pro bono in civil cases.

The paths of these four heroes are bound to intersect as The Hand has strengthened their grip on the underworld of New York City. The unholy alliance of Madame Gao whom we've seen in other series, and Alexandra , a wealthy member of The Hand facing a terminal illness, have begun plans to unleash a wave of crime and death upon New York City. The only way to stop these dastardly plans is for the disparate personalities of these superheroes to mesh together and become The Defenders.

Show runners Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez do an excellent job in bringing these distinct personalities together without it ever being forced, and the limited number of episodes don't give them any time to waste. There's an efficiency to establishing these characters and where their mindsets are as well as the introduction of the villains and there emerging scheme. Because this is a Marvel show on Netflix, there are plenty of fights that take place within hallways and corridors, and the action itself is sometimes a bit choppy. However by the time The Defenders reaches episodes three and four, the action ramps up a level and the direction of the action becomes much more assured compared to the initial fight that launches the series. The Defenders will be another Netflix show audiences can binge through a weekend.


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